Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Onion volunteers


Onion volunteers, originally uploaded by txfiddlechick.

A few months back, I threw a past-its-prime yellow onion into our kitchen scrap compost bin in the back yard. Sometime later, we noticed it had sprouted and was thriving (there was a big happy bunch of green onions growing out of the side of the bin), so we dug it out and stuck it in the veggie patch to see what it would do. (Neither of us have ever grown onions.) Since then, I've been using the green onions from time to time and not really paying attention.

This is probably not news to anyone who gardens, but eventually the big onion broke down completely, and then the single plant split into a half dozen little onion plants and began sending up flowers, one per plant. (I think when you buy onion seedlings, the plants are past this point, or I guess they could have been grown from seed).

This is the first one to actually bloom (it seemed to take weeks before the flowers finally opened).

We were probably supposed to thin them or separate them at some point; we picked a few today to give the others some room. I'm not sure why I haven't just looked up on the internet what we're supposed to do, but it's been more fun just to wait and see what happened.